Garlic Herb Pretzels to Make Your Bread Basket More Exciting

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Make your bread basket more exciting with homemade garlic herb pretzels. They are inexpensive at less than a dollar a dozen and so very tasty!

Oh my word. I make pretzels a few times a year. With each bite, I think to myself, “Why don’t I make these more often?” These are so delicious, fun to make, and make you feel so accomplished when you pull them from the oven.

And did I mention how cheap they are to make? The flour is the bulk of the expense: 4 cups, which when on sale, equals about 50 cents. Add in some yeast, salt, herbs, and baking soda, and your cost is easily under a buck a dozen. Compare that to your shopping mall soft pretzel!

Want to learn how? Let me show you!

I’ve played with my standard pretzel recipe before, adding different toppings and dipping sauces. This time, I worked from the inside out, adding flavor in the form of garlic powder and dried herbs. I see all kinds of potential for rolls, hot dog buns, and pigs in blankets. The  chewy crust is amazing.

I also used white whole wheat this time, instead of regular grind whole wheat and unbleached flour instead of bread flour. I liked the texture and flavor of the bread immensely.

These make a fun addition to your dinnertime bread basket. So, bust out the bread machine or warm up your hands for kneading, and go make a batch.

Once the dough was ready, my girls loved helping me shape the pretzels. Roll the dough into long snakes, and with a few flicks of the wrist, you can twist the dough into a traditional pretzel shape.

Lore says that pretzels were an early Easter tradition and that bakers created them to resemble praying hands. They were also used to hold hard boiled eggs in the “holes”, thus taking their place in history as the first Easter baskets.

Once the pretzels are shaped, you’ll need to give them a soda water bath. This starts the rising process again and gives them their nice chewy texture.

Yes, it seems like a lot of steps, but it’s fun and tasty, totally worth it.

After the bath, you can sprinkle the pretzels with seeds and coarse salt. Then pop them in the oven to bake.

How to make this good and cheap:

Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:

How I make this recipe easy:

This recipe really couldn’t be easier than it is, but having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs.

Here are the tools that I use for this recipe:

  • a bread machine or a stand mixer – I love these machines for easier dough making.
  • a bench knife – Great for cutting dough in pieces easily
  • sheet pans – I LOVE my set of steel sheet pans. They make such a difference in baking.
  • parchment paper – I don’t love washing dishes, so parchment paper is that small indulgence that makes it easy for me to cook more often.
  • 5-quart pot with lid – I have this one. It’s perfect for cooking chili or a big pot of rice or boiling pretzels.
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Garlic Herb Pretzels
Prep Time
1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

Make your bread basket more exciting with homemade garlic herb pretzels. They are inexpensive at less than a dollar a dozen and so very tasty!

Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: garlic pretzel, homemade pretzel
Servings: 12 pretzels
Calories: 165 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • coarse salt poppy seeds, and sesame seeds for sprinkling
  1. In the pan of a bread machine, assemble the 1/2 cup water, milk, honey, flours, salt, and yeast. Set the machine on dough. When the cycle ends, remove the dough to a lightly oiled surface.
  2. If you don’t have a bread machine, this recipe is still delicious! Warm the water and milk slightly and combine it with the honey and yeast. Let that rest for 5 minutes. Then add the flours, salt, garlic powder, and dried herbs. Stir until you have a sticky dough but all the flour is incorporated. Turn it onto a floured surface and knead until the dough becomes elastic. Set into a greased bowl and allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about an hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 450°. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Roll each portion into a long snake, about 18 inches long. Shape the snake into a horseshoe. Twist the sides of the horseshoe, about halfway up, around each other twice. Flip the ends over onto the U of the horseshoe. Press to seal. Continue until all the pretzels are shaped.
  5. Meanwhile, bring the 8 cups water to a boil in a large stockpot. Add the baking soda and continue to boil. Drop the formed pretzels, one at a time into the soda bath. Boil for about 30 seconds and remove to the prepared parchment. Sprinkle with coarse salt, poppy seeds and sesame seeds.
  6. Once all the pretzels have been “bathed,” bake them for 9 to 10 minutes or until golden. Remove them to a rack to cool.
Recipe Notes

To freeze: Place the cooled pretzels in a ziptop freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw, wrapped, on the countertop at room temperature. You can reheat them in a warm oven for five minutes to freshen them.

Nutrition Facts
Garlic Herb Pretzels
Amount Per Serving
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 945mg41%
Potassium 72mg2%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 33IU1%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Not only are these pretzels fun for snacking or adding as a side dish to dinner, I made them the bread of our lunch this week. Served with cheese, turkey, and spicy brown mustard, it made a fabulous open-faced sandwich/snacky lunch.

Don’t forget to try the original Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels and Enjoying Pretzels Lots of Ways with all the different dips and toppings.

Originally published March 29, 2013. Updated September 30, 2017.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. I have these in the oven right now and I’m drooling while I wait for them to finish baking. There were a snap to whip up and if the smell is any indication of how good they will taste, they are insanely good. I may not even share them with my family. LOL!

    • I hope you liked them!

      • Oh my word, they were SO delicious! The texture is spot on, and the flavor is amazing! I put them in the bread basket one evening for dinner and then hid the rest to carry to work in my lunchbox over the next few days. Thanks Jessica!

  2. Jennifer says

    Could one double the recipe? or perhaps that just would not fit in a breadmachine (hmmm)

    • I’ve doubled for the KitchenAid, not sure it’s a great idea for your bread machine. The motor isn’t quite as strong.

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